Three suspects nabbed in connection with Mecklenburg cash-in-transit robbery

Members of SAPS Limpopo Provincial Tracking Team arrested three suspects aged between 34 and 40 in connection with a cash-in-transit robbery that occurred, on 25 November, along the R37 in Mecklenburg policing area under Sekhukhune District.

According to information, a group of suspects bombed a security company vehicle transporting money. In the process a security guard was fatally wounded. The suspects made off with an undisclosed amount of money. Members of the Provincial Tracking Team operationalised the information received and swiftly traced the suspects.In the morning of 26 November, the vehicle fitting the description circulated, a white Hyundai Creta, was spotted driven by the suspects on the R40 outside Hazyview in Mpumalanga.

Police attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver sped off. A high-speed chase ensued until the vehicle was intercepted about 5 km outside Hazyview. Two suspects were searched and found in possession of used cartridges of AK47 firearm and an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspects were immediately arrested.

Following more leads, the team proceeded to Limpopo at Burgersfort in Mashifane Park, wherein, the third suspect, linked to the same case, was also arrested. He was driving in one of the vehicles utilized during the cash-in-transit robbery. Police recovered an undisclosed amount of money and expensive clothes worth close to R50 000.

Preliminary information indicates that the suspects were on bail for a similar case, perpetrated in 2018 in Sekhukhune District. The three suspects were arrested for robbery with aggravating circumstances and murder.

More arrests are expected at this stage.The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, has hailed the team for their concerted efforts as they continue to make the province a safe and secure space, this festive season.

They will appear before Moroke Magistrate’s Court on 24 January 2024 facing charges of robbery with aggravating circumstances and murder. The Police investigations are still continuing.

(story credit: Arrive Alive)

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